Ed Warinner was an integral part of Ohio State's national championship team, and now he has been rewarded with a promotion. The offensive line coach/co-coordinator in his three seasons with the Buckeyes, Warinner will succeed Tom Herman as offensive coordinator at Ohio State, the team announced yesterday. Former Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck has been hired as quarterbacks coach/co-offensive coordinator.

Ed Warinner was an integral part of Ohio State's national championship team, and now he has been rewarded with a promotion.

The offensive line coach/co-coordinator in his three seasons with the Buckeyes, Warinner will succeed Tom Herman as offensive coordinator at Ohio State, the team announced yesterday. Former Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck has been hired as quarterbacks coach/co-offensive coordinator.

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Warinner's tutelage of an inexperienced line earned him national offensive line coach of the years honors for the second time in three years.

"Ed Warinner is certainly deserving, experienced and well-qualified for the offensive coordinator position," coach Urban Meyer said in a statement. "I'm pleased to be able to promote from within our program, and I believe he is going to be an excellent coordinator for us."

Both the Warinner promotion and hiring of Beck were expected. When Herman got the coaching job at Houston, Meyer said that among the traits he wanted in his replacement was the ability to fit in with the existing staff and its philosophy, as well as the chops to recruit in Texas.

Beck's hiring checks both boxes. The Youngstown native worked under Warinner at Kansas when Warinner was the Jayhawks' offensive coordinator. In 2007, Kansas ranked second nationally in scoring with a 42.7-point average.

Redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett, who took the Buckeyes to 11-1 regular season before a broken ankle ended his run, was recruited by Beck when the coach was at Nebraska and Barrett was in high school at Wichita Falls, Texas.

"During recruiting, he seemed like an energetic guy, I think he will bring that to our quarterback room like coach Herman did," Barrett said last night in Tyler, Texas, where he was a finalist for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award. "He's a good dude."

Strange, though, how circumstances have united Barrett and Beck, something that didn't happen in recruiting.

"That's what happens in football," Barrett said. "But I think he's going to come out the better for it, coming to Ohio State where I'm at."

Beck attended Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown. He was the Nebraska offensive coordinator the past four years under fellow Youngstown native Bo Pelini, who was fired after the regular season and has since been hired as coach at Youngstown State.

"I am extremely excited to be joining the Ohio State coaching staff," Beck said. "It's quite an honor, being an Ohio guy and growing up here and now having the opportunity to work at the Ohio State University. Words can't explain it."

Dispatch Reporter Tim May contributed to this report.

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